Posted by EGH on November 09, 2000 at 14:27:33:
In Reply to: eviction notice posted by jane on November 09, 2000 at 12:45:05:
: Help!--I've just been informed by my roommate (who is on the lease) that he's had some trouble making rent and was too embarrassed to tell me, and now we've been slapped with an eviction notice, which he's been sitting on since Tuesday! Our apt is in Brooklyn, it's rent-stabilized, and the landlord is a company, not a person, which is new to me. I'm afraid my roommate is going to just skip town, move back home, whatever--he apparently is not working much either, and is usually home during the day and has been receiving the late-rent notices and such. Oh, and I just switched jobs, so taking off half a day to sit in court is really not an option for me right now. I feel like I have to take care of this thing myself, just to make sure it is indeed taken care of. I've just sent them $1k, but there's still a balance of $1.5k that I won't be able to pay off until next week. Any advice is much appreciated--thank you!
There is nothing officially called an "eviction notice" in New York City,
so to answer your question we need a little more information. When landlords
try to have a judge evict a tenant (only judges can evict tenants), tenants
receive a series of three notices. First, you get a "three day (or five day)
notice" from the landlord, which essentially is an official demand to pay rent
or he will take you to court. If you don't pay rent, the landlord takes you
to court, and you get a "non-payment petition" (often called a "dispossess").
This is a summons to go to court and defend yourself. If you don't go to court
or if you ignore a court decision, the landlord can return to court to ask
the judge for a warrant of eviction. If he gets it, the next notice you
get is from the marshal, telling you that in a few days he will be at your
apartment to put your things on the street.
So -- which notice did you get?
(The fact that your unreliable-sounding roommate is the legal tenant
is an unfortunate complication for you, but what you should do depends
on what stage of the process your're at.
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